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"Music Notes" from Dr. Harr:

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

This is my 3rd year teaching music at BCA, and I am SO excited about starting a new year with your children!

First off, here are some FAQs for the beginning of the year:

1. How often does my child have music class?

K-2ndgrade meets once a week for thirty minutes.

3rd-6thgrade meets twice a week for thirty minutes.

7th-8thgrade meets twice a week for forty-five minutes.

2. When will the music programs take place?

Our two biggest music programs of the year are mandatory for all K-8 students. We spend the entire semester preparing for these programs. Not attending would be extremely detrimental, not only for your child(ren), but also for the overall quality of the programs. Without an advanced, valid excuse in writing from a parent or guardian, the student will not receive credit for the event, resulting in a lower overall grade for the semester.

Christmas Program : Tuesday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Students are expected to arrive no later than 6:45 p.m.)  

Grandparents Day Program : Friday, March 6 at 8:30a.m., BCA Gym (School is dismissed at 11:00 a.m.)

The elementary and middle-school hand bell choirs will also play during chapel at least once per semester, in addition to the Christmas Program and the Grandparents Day Program.

3. How is my child’s music grade calculated?

Kindergarten through 5th grade students will receive an Excellent, Satisfactory, or Unsatisfactory grade based upon class participation, attentiveness, and willingness to learn. Middle school students will receive a letter grade based upon class participation, music theory handouts completed in class, and willingness to learn.

4. What is my child doing in music class?

Hymn of the Month:

All K-8 students will learn the Hymn of the Month for chapel during their class time. The HOM schedule is on the Music page of the BCA website.Click on the Student Life tab at the top of the home page (www.bcalions.org),then select Music, then scroll down to the HOM schedule link. Please print this document and practice the songs with your child(ren) at home. There are also YouTube links to all of the songs on the BCA Music page for you to sing along!

Please click here to view or print the HOM schedule for 2019-2020.

Click on the HOM title below to hear a recording (and practice at home!):

August HOM: "Lift High the Cross"

Our weekly music class schedule will once again include Music Theory, Music Appreciation, and Aural Theory/Sight Singing, as well as two hand bell choirs and four vocal choirs. We’ll learn how music works by listening to and talking about different types of music, work on our vocal technique by listening to our bodies and each other, study music notation and terminology, and discover where instruments came from and how they work – just to name a few! We will be partnering again with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera this school year, with appearances from their string and woodwind quintets, as well as a visit from the CSO instrument petting zoo and a field trip to the Young People's Concert at the Tivoli in February 2020.

Thank you for the opportunity to teach your children how music can affect every aspect of their lives, as well as help them to share the Gospel with your family, your church, and with the community! If you’d like to be a part of music education at BCA, or you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to call me, email me, or find me at school. I am, once again, the President of the Parent Teacher League this year, as well, so you’ll be seeing and hearing a lot of exciting things from me this school year! 

God’s blessings,
Dr. Sarah C. Harr

 Music Curriculum

Kindergarten through Second Grade:
Students learn how to demonstrate and identify musical contrasts; demonstrate steady beat through movement, singing, and playing instruments; identify all the families of orchestral instruments and play  a variety of classroom percussion instruments; develop healthy singing techniques and matching teacher pitch; identify basic rhythmic and pitch notation; sing chapel songs in class and in worship; listen to and identify a variety of musical styles; listen to books and color pictures about music; prepare choral music for the annual Christmas and Grandparents' Day programs.

Third through Fifth Grade:
Students learn how to sing in two parts; apply knowledge of dynamics, tempo, and mode; identify pitch (including accidentals) using treble and bass clef, the keyboard, and solfege syllables and hand signs interchangeably; identify complex and syncopated rhythms using time signatures and standard rhythmic notation (notes and rests); further develop healthy singing techniques; sing chapel songs in class and in worship; listen to and identify a variety of musical styles; prepare choral music for the annual Christmas and Grandparents Day programs.

Sixth - Eighth Grade: 
Students learn how to sing harmony in three or four parts; memorize key signatures in both the major and minor modes; aurally and visually identify basic harmonic progressions (I, IV, V); practice weekly and perform in a Middle School Hand bell Choir; identify and perform complex rhythms with and without the use of percussion instruments; further develop healthy singing techniques; sing chapel songs in class and in worship; listen to and identify a variety of musical styles; prepare choral music for the annual Christmas and Grandparents' Day programs.

Click here to see how BCA exceeds the Tennessee academic standards for music.